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Kitchen ‘modernists’ complete culinary competencies

Students show off final projects for Introduction to Modernist Kitchen. From left: Ashley J. Hoffer, of Manheim; Dane S. Druckenmiller, of Hellertown; Hailey R. Dunn, of York Haven; and Rebecca E. High, of Willow Street.
Students show off final projects for Introduction to Modernist Kitchen. From left: Ashley J. Hoffer, of Manheim; Dane S. Druckenmiller, of Hellertown; Hailey R. Dunn, of York Haven; and Rebecca E. High, of Willow Street.

Students in the course Introduction to Modernist Kitchen, taught by Chef Frank M. Suchwala, associate professor of hospitality management/culinary arts, finished their spring class competencies this week, each preparing an impressive three-course spread of appetizer, entree and dessert. The class explores the modern culinary techniques of spherification, foaming canisters, sous vide cookery, gelation, flash freezing with liquid nitrogen and avant-garde cuisine.
Photo by Chef Frank M. Suchwala, associate professor of hospitality management/culinary arts

5 days ago
Alumni Faculty & Staff Nursing & Health Sciences Physical Therapist Assistant Students

Students help meet Pennsylvania’s 10 million trees goal

Some of the Pennsylvania College of Technology physical therapist assistant students and employees who helped to plant trees at Trailing Pines Tree Farm in Muncy as part of the Chesapeake Bay Foundation’s Keystone 10 Million Trees Partnership. Front row (from left): Sierra K. Page, of Morrisdale; Daniella M. Pace, of Harding; Erica L. Gallagher, of Wyoming; and Matt Echevarria, of Carlisle. Back row (from left): Justin J. Forbes, of Coal Township; James A. Hardman, of Trout Run; Corbyn R. Schrader, of Canton; Emily E. Longenecker, of Hummelstown; Keyona Shoff, of Shamokin; Kiara M. Carr, of Middleburg; and Christine A. Tilburg, clinical director of the physical therapist assistant program.

Pennsylvania College of Technology’s physical therapist assistant Class of 2021 recently helped to plant 140 trees as part of the Chesapeake Bay Foundation’s Keystone 10 Million Trees Partnership.

Twenty-one students gathered at Trailing Pines Tree Farm in Muncy to plant trees in late June.

The certified tree farm is owned by Paul Huffman, a 1987 graduate of Williamsport Area Community College, a forerunner of Penn College, and is dedicated to wildlife management and conservation.

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6 days ago
Automated Manufacturing & Machining Engineering Technologies Events Faculty & Staff STEM

Penn College ‘manufactures’ educational experience for teachers

Emily Wagner, a counselor at South Williamsport Area Junior/Senior High School, works on building a robotic arm during the recent Manufacturing Externship Camp at Pennsylvania College of Technology. Funded by the National Science Foundation, the camp exposed high school educators to various aspects of manufacturing, so they can communicate the promising career possibilities in that sector to their students.

With support from the National Science Foundation, Pennsylvania College of Technology recently “manufactured” a weeklong educational experience for 13 high school teachers and school counselors from throughout the state.

The Manufacturing Externship Camp revealed to educators the promising realities of manufacturing careers through several activities, including a robot-building exercise that they can replicate at their home schools. The camp is one of several Penn College initiatives – funded by a grant from the NSF’s Advanced Technological Education program – dedicated to growing the manufacturing workforce.

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Faculty & Staff Sports Students

College coach takes part in national esports convention

The Wildcat Den provides a fitting studio for Young's participation in a national esports convention.
The Wildcat Den provides a fitting studio for Young’s participation in a national esports convention.

Joshua D. Young, founding coach of Pennsylvania College of Technology’s esports program and a member of the National Association of Collegiate Esports Board of Directors, remotely participated in the third annual NACE National Convention (July 22-24).

Young – employed as a learning systems administrator in the college’s Office of Instructional Technology – participated in several sessions from the Wildcat Den, dedicated esports space on the second floor of Madigan Library. (While necessitated by COVID-19 precautions for the event, casting from campus also allowed Young to show off the facility to his online colleagues.)

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July 24, 2020
Faculty & Staff General Information Students

Thorough safety measures inform college’s fall reopening plan

With a focused eye toward honoring its reputation for hands-on instruction, all the while abiding by up-to-the-minute advice from government and health experts, Pennsylvania College of Technology will fully reopen for the fall semester on Aug. 17 with in-person instruction.

“We stand ready to recommit to the pivotal role our institution plays in delivering STEM education, partnering with business and industry, and producing the highly skilled ‘tomorrow makers’ needed for essential occupations in Pennsylvania and beyond,” college President Davie Jane Gilmour said.

The president and other college administrators held a series of virtual “town hall” meetings on July 20-21 for students and their families, faculty, and staff, answering questions about the comprehensive and collaborative procedures in place to balance the institution’s moral, ethical and professional obligations in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic.

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July 23, 2020
Faculty & Staff

Penn College hires Children’s Learning Center director

Linda A. Reichert

Pennsylvania College of Technology has appointed Linda A. Reichert as director of the Dunham Children’s Learning Center.

Reichert has more than 16 years of experience in the early childhood education field. She has been a preschool and elementary school teacher and served as director at four child care centers, including the opportunity to open the Child Care Center at Hort Woods on Penn State’s main campus. She also led the ESPN Kidscare Center in Connecticut.

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July 22, 2020
Aviation Corporate Relations Engineering Technologies Faculty & Staff Students

Executive trio donates corporate aircraft to Penn College

A CL-600 Challenger business jet donated to Penn College by a trio of corporate executives will be used for instructional purposes at the college’s Lumley Aviation Center, next to the Williamsport Regional Airport.

Three partners in a corporate aircraft have donated it to Pennsylvania College of Technology for instructional use in the college’s aviation maintenance program.

The Bombardier (formerly Canadair) CL-600 Challenger jet, valued at nearly $825,000, is being donated by Ira M. Lubert, Anthony F. Misitano and Judith M. von Seldeneck.

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Faculty & Staff Scholarships Students

Administrators boost support for diversity, student leadership

At a Pennsylvania College of Technology commencement ceremony, Elliot Strickland (left) and Carolyn R. Strickland, flank student speaker Hashim Abbas Alfulful. The Stricklands are boosting support for their efforts to enhance diversity and further develop student leadership opportunities at the institution.

Two senior-level administrators at Pennsylvania College of Technology are amplifying their financial support for efforts to enhance diversity and to further develop student leadership opportunities at the institution.

Carolyn R. Strickland, vice president for enrollment management and associate provost, and Elliott Strickland, vice president for student affairs, have a two-decade history of philanthropy that has empowered student success at Penn College. As advocates for student development through leadership, service, scholarship and global experiences, they appreciate the precise balance of learning opportunities that Penn College provides inside and outside its renowned classrooms and labs.

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July 17, 2020
Faculty & Staff President Students

College shares strategy for resumption of in-person instruction

Pennsylvania College of Technology remains committed to reopening for hands-on, face-to-face instruction in Fall 2020, rolling out a map for safely and responsibly – and collaboratively – navigating the road ahead. “We continue to be guided by a moral obligation to reduce the spread of COVID-19, an ethical obligation to provide the best possible educational outcomes for our students and their families, and a professional obligation to provide future workforce leaders,” President Davie Jane Gilmour said Thursday afternoon. “To deliver on our mission-driven promise, we will be unfailingly diligent in our efforts to safely educate, house and feed students during these extraordinary times.”

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July 16, 2020
Corporate Relations Faculty & Staff

College names assistant director of corporate relations

Chris S. Macdonald

Pennsylvania College of Technology has appointed Chris S. Macdonald as assistant director of corporate relations.

Macdonald joins Penn College after 21 years serving as a Class A PGA professional in the private club golf industry. His unique path affords him an extensive understanding of high-level customer service, public relations, marketing, targeted fiscal growth and strategic program development.

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July 15, 2020
Art & Graphic Design Business, Arts & Sciences Faculty & Staff

Art faculty find creative, contemplative conduit

Plein-air production: (from left) Vanderlin, Flynn and Wilson chip away the hours in their makeshift work space. (The sculpture at far right is Stabley’s; he was on a break when our photographer stopped by.)
Plein-air production: (from left) Vanderlin, Flynn and Wilson chip away the hours in their makeshift work space. (The sculpture at far right is Stabley’s; he was on a break when our photographer stopped by.)
Tools of the trade: Flynn powers through with a chain saw …
Tools of the trade: Flynn powers through with a chain saw …
… while Wilson sends chips flying old-school.
… while Wilson sends chips flying old-school.
Vanderlin levels up.
Vanderlin levels up.

The creative buzz doesn’t stop on campus – even though this summer is much quieter than usual. On the west side of the Bush Campus Center, outside doors to the wood sculpture and ceramics labs, four Penn College art faculty have conjured up an inspiring way to meet – by carving wood sculptures. “Socially, this is good for us to get together for some creative brainstorming,” said Brian A. Flynn, assistant professor of graphic design. Joining Flynn in the wielding of chain saws and chisels are: David A. Stabley, instructor of ceramics and wood sculpture; Keith A. Vanderlin, assistant professor of graphic design; and Mark W. Wilson, instructor of graphic design. The foursome gather once a week for about five hours, working away on their cherry and chestnut sculptures, one reaching approximately 7 feet tall. The faculty plan to donate their finished pieces to the college. For Flynn, this summer’s wood carving endeavor brings back memories of his participation in the Estonia Wood Carving Symposium in 2007. “Getting together weekly brings to mind a quote from Thomas Merton: ‘Art enables us to find ourselves and lose ourselves at the same time.’ This sentiment seems appropriate for what this experience has meant to me,” Flynn said. “This has been a great escape and a wonderful creative outlet.”

July 7, 2020
Faculty & Staff

Unpredictability paused for customary tribute to retirees

The president honors retirees, joined on the campus lawn by family members and co-workers.

Observing tradition in a consistently fickle season, President Davie Jane Gilmour celebrated Penn College’s newest retirees and members of the Quarter Century Club on Monday afternoon. In deference to pandemic protocols, the occasion featured face masks and social distancing; the message, however, was a timelessly appropriate one: gratitude for the faculty and staff who are leaving (and leaving their mark upon) the college’s campuses. In a less-cautious atmosphere, the president said, she would have personally acknowledged each of the attendees with a handshake and embrace. Addressing the honorees, assembled on set-apart chairs across the Thompson Professional Development Center lawn, she assured all of them, “Consider yourself hugged.”

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